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ZTE Score M Review

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ZTE Score M Review
Mainly due to its weak earpiece and speakerphone, it’s almost impossible to hold conversations in areas where there is a lot of background noise. Making matters worse, it doesn’t help when voices on our end are rather monotone in quality.

Strangely, the ZTE Score M appears to have a general weak connection to the network as its signal strength is usually around the -102 dBm mark. Compounding the headache, it has never managed to obtain full bars during our usage.

Taking into account that it doesn’t even offer 3G connectivity, we were expecting to see it excel in the battery life department. Sadly, that isn’t the case, as we find ourselves having the need to charge it every night. Specifically, after a single day of normal usage, its battery level is dangerously low at 10 percent.


So, what did we see with the ZTE Score M? Essentially, this is one of those kinds of smartphones where the notion of “you get what you paid for” is its perfect summation. Indeed, it’s wonderful that it’s priced at $50 without a contract, but even with that, we know it’s possible to find something that whips up a decent overall experience. Unfortunately, this isn’t that device, and instead, it’s the epitome of cheap in every way, shape, and form. For an additional $40, you’re better off picking up the HTC Wildfire S for MetroPCS.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 2.3.4
Software Version: X500M_TA_16
Kernel Version:

ZTE Score M Review:


  • Really cheap price
  • Lightweight


  • Cheap feeling construction
  • Bland design
  • Sluggish overall performance
  • Inadequate battery life
  • Terrible signal strength
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posted on 26 Mar 2012, 17:47

1. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)

So even for $50 off contract, this thing still isn't really worth your money!?

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 21:38 1

2. LMAT2012 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)

This review is totally biased. I this is not "the epitome of a cheap phone"! The camera works great! I also found that it made older pictures I took look better. I think this is a great phone!
I am very glad I did not take the advise of the review.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 14:22

3. anishraj (Posts: 17; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

I baught this phone a couple days back.. realy ZTE is doing good the features are simply super its has both 2G and 3G..and camera functions with 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash with latest version of Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) iam really enjoying my time in dis phone and in the case of software problems ZTE has official website for software issues and i like to share the S/W link:ww.zteusa.com/,click Devices-->Product List(choose models here)-->Product support

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 23:55

4. sanjayheadlam (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

is that a camera at the front of the phone

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 17:49

5. anishraj (Posts: 17; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

@ sanjayheadlam !!! this phone contains both front and back camera, the camera clarity simply super.....

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 16:00

6. harrytheharbinger (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

the review is cyniacal..infact i have one and the phone is not so bad....

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ZTE Score M

ZTE Score M

OS: Android 2.3.4
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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz
Size4.41 x 2.44 x 0.54 inches
(112 x 62 x 14 mm)
4.80 oz  (136 g)

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